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Kristy Timmons,PhD

Kristy Timmons, PhD

Kristy is an Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty Member in Early Childhood Education at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. She is the Founder and Lab Director of the ECE LAB ( Kristy completed her MA in Child Study and Education at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto and her PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT).


Kristy’s teaching experience spans the early years, elementary, undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests centre on the processes that influence young children’s learning, engagement, and self-regulation. Within this focus, she carries out research with children, families, early childhood educators, and pre- and in- service teachers. Kristy’s research activities employ a team approach involving community partners, educators and not-for-profit organizations. Kristy uses multiple and mixed methods of inquiry to examine questions related to three streams of research:

1. Examining the influence and impact of educator expectations on children’s learning in kindergarten 

2. Improving understanding of self-regulation and self-regulated learning and assessment practices

3. Building educator and parent capacity to support learning in the early years

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